Yesterday was one of the saddest days for New York City and America–9/11.
Seventeen years ago, the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda was responsible for hijacking four airplanes and carrying out suicide attacks.
It was the most terrifying day for New York City. Two of the planes were flown into the twin towers–the World Trade Center, downtown Manhattan. New York City lost nearly 3,000 people. The collision caused a massive explosion. America was under attack.
The third plane hit Pentagon, near Washington D.C.
The fourth plane was crashed. It was the United Flight 93. The passengers on the aircraft were aware of what’s going on. Thomas Burnett Jr.–one of the passengers on that plane–told his wife over the phone that the plane was hijacked and the passengers were planning to fight. All 44 people aboard were killed.
Americans have different opinions about the tragedy. There are people who blame Osama bin Laden and the whole Muslim world. There are those who believe that only Jews are responsible. There are people who blame the American government, trusting in the conspiracy and the connection between George W. Bush and this tragic act. But the full truth is still unknown.
New Yorkers lost many lives.
New York is a strong city that unites in the times of sorrow. 343 brave New York City firefighters were killed that day.
Every year, on September 11th, we remember that day. We never forget.
We keep on living, but we always remember those, who don’t have such privilege.